The Politics of Nuclear Weapons

This book provides an introduction to political and strategic aspects of nuclear weaponry.

The Politics of Nuclear Weapons

Author: Andrew Futter

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 147391714X

Page: 280

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This book provides an introduction to political and strategic aspects of nuclear weaponry. It offers an accessible overview of the concept of nuclear weapons, outlines how thinking about these weapons has developed and considers how nuclear threats can continue to be managed in the future. It includes: Coverage of nuclear testing, proliferation, strategy, global actors and disarmament. Analysis of contemporary topics such as nuclear terrorism. A timeline of key nuclear events. Annotated further reading lists helping you to locate sources for essays and assignments. Summaries, study questions and a glossary of key terms Free SAGE journal articles available on the Resources tab The author will be providing regular updates to his suggested web resources, so be sure to check the Resources tab for the most up-to-date. The Politics of Nuclear Weapons is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in Nuclear Politics.

Nuclear Weapons

In this new edition, Joseph M. Siracusa includes a new concluding chapter, highlighting the significant lessons to be learnt from the history of the nuclear weapons era.

Nuclear Weapons

Author: Joseph M. Siracusa

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198727232

Page: 127

View: 167

Despite not having been used in anger since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the atomic bomb is still the biggest threat that faces us in the 21st century. As Bill Clinton's first secretary of defense, Les Aspin, aptly put it, "The Cold War is over, the Soviet Union is no more. But the post-Cold War world is decidedly not post-nuclear." For all the effort to reduce nuclear stockpiles to zero, it seems that the bomb is here to stay. This Very Short Introduction reveals why. The history and politics of the bomb are explained: from the technology of nuclear weapons, to the revolutionary implications of the H-bomb, and the politics of nuclear deterrence. The issues are set against a backdrop of the changing international landscape, from the early days of development through the Cold War. In this new edition, Joseph M. Siracusa includes a new concluding chapter, moving away from the emphasis of nuclear weapons in the "age of terrorism," to the significant lessons to be learnt from the history of the nuclear weapons era. Siracusa shows that because 21st century nuclear proliferation has deep roots in the past, an understanding of the lessons of this nuclear history is paramount for future global policies to be successful. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Waging Nuclear Peace

Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objective as possible, while at the same time taking well-defined positions on a wide range of subjects. Yet the book does not purport to have the answers to the nuclear dilemma.

Waging Nuclear Peace

Author: Robert Ehrlich

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438401892

Page: 397

View: 899

Waging Nuclear Peace is a clear and informative interdisciplinary survey of the issues surrounding nuclear war. It raises and attempts to answer questions that often go unasked. How can we measure the risk of nuclear war? Will slowing the arms race reduce the risk of war? Is disarmament desirable or undesirable in this respect? Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objective as possible, while at the same time taking well-defined positions on a wide range of subjects. Yet the book does not purport to have the answers to the nuclear dilemma. Instead, it assists the reader in thinking through the issues and in coming to a personal conclusion. Comprehensive in its scope, Waging Nuclear Peace encompasses both technical issues, such as the effects of nuclear weapons, and policy issues, such as arms control, the nature of the arms race, and the feasibility of civil defense. It includes material on new findings concerning “nuclear winter” — the catastrophic change in global climate that might follow a nuclear war.

The Politics of Nuclear Energy in China

11 In sum , several important developments in the bomb programmes have had
deep impacts on nuclear energy ... 1970s : ( a ) the nuclear weapons programme
kept a team of scientists and experts alive and active , despite constant political ...

The Politics of Nuclear Energy in China

Author: Xu Yi-chong

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN:

Page: 235

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Introduction From Bomb to Power Expanding the Nuclear Energy Program Who Decides? The Politics of Nuclear Energy Who Pays? The Economics of Nuclear Energy Technology Adoption or Technology Innovation Fuelling the Future: the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Who Cares? The Public and the Environment Is Nuclear the Future?

The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation

Written for scientists, policy makers, journalists, students, and concerned citizens, The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation makes a highly complex subject understandable.

The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation

Author: Robert F. Mozley

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295802534

Page: 384

View: 612

Politics and technology intersect in the international effort to prevent nuclear proliferation. Written for scientists, policy makers, journalists, students, and concerned citizens, The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation makes a highly complex subject understandable. This comprehensive overview provides information about both the basic technologies and the political realities. Methods of producing weapon materials�plutonium and highly enriched uranium�as well as their use in bombs are described in detail, as is the generally successful international effort to prevent the spread of the ability to make nuclear weapons. In explaining the problems the world will face if nuclear weapons become generally available, Mozley summarizes and reviews the methods used to prevent proliferation and describes the status of those nations involved in trade in nuclear materials. He places emphasis on the danger of attack by renegade nations or terrorist groups, particularly the possibility that weapon material might be stolen from the presently impoverished and unstable former Soviet Union.

The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia

With those tests they emerged as de facto nuclear weapons states2 and opened
a new chapter in the nuclear politics of the region. The Indo—Pakistani nuclear
tests also left huge implications for the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and global
 ...

The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia

Author: Dr Bhumitra Chakma

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409476413

Page: 278

View: 322

An important and critical re-evaluation of South Asia's post-tests nuclear politics, in contrast to other books, this volume emphasises the political dimension of South Asia's nuclear weapons, explains how the bombs are used as politico-strategic assets rather than pure battlefield weapons and how India and Pakistan utilise them for politico-strategic purposes in an extremely complex and competitive South Asian strategic landscape. Written by a group of perceptive observers of South Asia, this volume evaluates the current state of Indo-Pakistani nuclear deterrents, the challenges that the two countries confront in building their nuclear forces, the post-test nuclear doctrines of the two strategic rivals, the implications of Indo-Pakistani politics for regional cooperation, the role of two systemic actors (USA and China) in the region's nuclear politics and the critical issues of confidence-building and nuclear arms control.

Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Tests

nuclear weapons . Political controversy is a natural , expected , and welcome part
of public affairs in this country . What appears to trouble the public is not that
political opponents have disagreed on the nuclear test issue but that the opinions
of ...

Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Tests

Author: United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. Special Subcommittee on Radiation

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 948

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Focuses on impact of Soviet nuclear tests on levels of radioactive contamination in U.S. Includes numerous scientific papers analyzing type, distribution, and concentration levels of radioactivity attributable to fallout from weapon testing.

Second Interim Report on Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Furthermore , given the awesome nature of the decision to use nuclear weapons
, few experts believe that the NATO political consultation process could possibly
function effectively in time of crisis . 8 In this sense the close proximity of ...

Second Interim Report on Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Author: North Atlantic Assembly. Special Committee on Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 64

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Atomic Assurance

Through intensive case studies of West Germany, Japan, and South Korea, as well as a series of smaller cases on Great Britain, France, Norway, Australia, and Taiwan, Atomic Assurance shows that it is easier to prevent an ally from ...

Atomic Assurance

Author: Alexander Lanoszka

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501729209

Page: 216

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Do alliances curb efforts by states to develop nuclear weapons? Atomic Assurance looks at what makes alliances sufficiently credible to prevent nuclear proliferation; how alliances can break down and so encourage nuclear proliferation; and whether security guarantors like the United States can use alliance ties to end the nuclear efforts of their allies. Alexander Lanoszka finds that military alliances are less useful in preventing allies from acquiring nuclear weapons than conventional wisdom suggests. Through intensive case studies of West Germany, Japan, and South Korea, as well as a series of smaller cases on Great Britain, France, Norway, Australia, and Taiwan, Atomic Assurance shows that it is easier to prevent an ally from initiating a nuclear program than to stop an ally that has already started one; in-theater conventional forces are crucial in making American nuclear guarantees credible; the American coercion of allies who started, or were tempted to start, a nuclear weapons program has played less of a role in forestalling nuclear proliferation than analysts have assumed; and the economic or technological reliance of a security-dependent ally on the United States works better to reverse or to halt that ally's nuclear bid than anything else. Crossing diplomatic history, international relations, foreign policy, grand strategy, and nuclear strategy, Lanoszka's book reworks our understanding of the power and importance of alliances in stopping nuclear proliferation.

The Politics of Nuclear Consultation in NATO 1965 1980

THE IMPACT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON NATO : THE PROBLEM OF
NUCLEAR SHARING The NATO Council ... can be taken as marking the point at
which nuclear sharing emerged as a central military and political issue for the
alliance .

The Politics of Nuclear Consultation in NATO 1965 1980

Author: Paul Buteux

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521154826

Page: 308

View: 423

This important study contributes to the understanding of the issues and polices of the nuclear arms control questions.

The Politics of Nuclear Non Proliferation

... the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya announced its unilateral
relinquishment of all types of weapons of mass ... attention – is the inconsistent
political commitment to the nuclear weapons program and the rather volatile
government ...

The Politics of Nuclear Non Proliferation

Author: Ursula Jasper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136759123

Page: 240

View: 919

This book examines the puzzle of why some states acquire nuclear weapons, whereas others refrain from trying to do so – or even renounce them. Based on the predominant theoretical thinking in International Relations it is often assumed that nuclear proliferation is inevitable, given the anarchic nature of the international system. Proliferation is thus often explained by vague references to states’ insecurity in an anarchic environment. Yet, elusive generalisations and grand, abstract theories inhibit a more profound and detailed knowledge of the very political processes that lead towards nuclearisation or its reversal. Drawing upon the philosophical and social-theoretical insights of American pragmatism, The Politics of Nuclear Non-Proliferation provides a theoretically innovative and practically useful framework for the analysis of states’ nuclear proliferation policies. Rather than reccounting a parsimonious, lean account of proliferation, the framework allows for the incorporation of multiple paradigms in order to depict the complex political contestation underlying states’ proliferation decisions. This pragmatist framework of analysis offers ways of overcoming long-standing metatheoretical gridlocks in the IR discipline and encourages scholars to reorient their efforts towards imminent "real-world" challenges. This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, international security and IR theory.

Living with Nuclear Weapons

Describes the history of the nuclear arms race, examines the dangers of nuclear war, and discusses strategies for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons

Living with Nuclear Weapons

Author: Harvard Nuclear Study Group Staff

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674536654

Page: 268

View: 265

Describes the history of the nuclear arms race, examines the dangers of nuclear war, and discusses strategies for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons

The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution

In The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution, Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press tackle the central puzzle of the nuclear age: the persistence of intense geopolitical competition in the shadow of nuclear weapons.

The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution

Author: Keir A. Lieber

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501749315

Page: 180

View: 817

Leading analysts have predicted for decades that nuclear weapons would help pacify international politics. The core notion is that countries protected by these fearsome weapons can stop competing so intensely with their adversaries: they can end their arms races, scale back their alliances, and stop jockeying for strategic territory. But rarely have theory and practice been so opposed. Why do international relations in the nuclear age remain so competitive? Indeed, why are today's major geopolitical rivalries intensifying? In The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution, Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press tackle the central puzzle of the nuclear age: the persistence of intense geopolitical competition in the shadow of nuclear weapons. They explain why the Cold War superpowers raced so feverishly against each other; why the creation of "mutual assured destruction" does not ensure peace; and why the rapid technological changes of the 21st century will weaken deterrence in critical hotspots around the world. By explaining how the nuclear revolution falls short, Lieber and Press discover answers to the most pressing questions about deterrence in the coming decades: how much capability is required for a reliable nuclear deterrent, how conventional conflicts may become nuclear wars, and how great care is required now to prevent new technology from ushering in an age of nuclear instability.